Torture and Ethiopia

Vicki Huddleston and Tibor Nagy warn darkly in The New York Times of an insidious bill before the congress that "would destabilize the region and bolster radical Islam’s push to build a Muslim caliphate . . . puts Congress unwittingly on the side of Islamic jihadists and insurgents." The bill in question, you see, "threatens to cut off technical assistance to Ethiopia, one of our closest allies, if it does not, among other things, release political prisoners, ensure that the judiciary operates independently and permit the news media to operate freely."

Personally, I'd like to see the list of allies such that Ethiopia comes out as "one of our closest" -- it doesn't seem like an especially plausible claim. The closeness of the partnership seems to consist primarily of using Ethiopia as a site for "renditions" and torture which is not a relationship I'm super-keen on preserving.